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Great video.

Lenses / Re: Advice on 70-200 lens
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:26:27 PM »
Going for the f/4L IS, then!
(Can't wait for shooting my kid playing in the rain!)
Thank you very much!

Lenses / Advice on 70-200 lens
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:32:37 AM »
Hi everyone!
I currently own a 60D, that I use much more often with the 17-55mm f/2.8, and only sometimes with the 50mm f/1.4. Having my son quickly growing up and beginning to walk, the need for a telephoto lens is becoming clear.
I'm considering buying the 70-200 f/4L (non-IS), for the price looks very good for the image quality I've read about.
My question: would you consider the IS version, even though it will cost almost twice as much? Do you think IS will be worth the price difference?
I don't plan going FF; will probably buy the 7D mk2 instead. Also, the f/2.8 version os the 70-200L will be probably too big for shooting a casual soccer game or so.
Thank you for your help!

I like this one:

"A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures - they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove."
Sam Haskins

The Pentax images in this comparison do look sharper with more contrast.  But, were the two camera's set-up with similar in-camera jpeg processing settings? 

I'm not familiar with, are they reputable?

From the website:

"Each image was taken in a RAW format then converted to JPGs through Lightroom. No adjustments were made to the images before publishing this article."

Pentax K3 looks very good. Really amazing in ISO 6400. ::)

ISO 6400 is looking real good, indeed!

I guess I'd like to keep things separated while batteries have just enough juice for one day on those huge screen phones. I'd rather shoot as much as I like, use the flash as much as I like, without having to think if I can get through the day. (These things change rather quickly, though.)

No place for m4/3 to me. I like the size of a DSLR in my hands; in fact, I'm very happy with my 60D and the 17-55/2.8 and the pics I can take of my kid with it. I wish, though, I had a smaller yet capable camera for carrying around. I've considered a Canon EOS-M, especially after firmware + crazy deal, but I'd rather have a small camera with a fixed lens and built-in flash, and letting the lens-changing and flash-attaching thing for DSLR-demanding situations.
I can't really see much of an advantage of m4/3s over DSLRs. Smaller, yeah, but still not pocketable, and you still have to change lenses and all that.
I'm probably getting a Sony RX-100 ii for good enough casual pics and video, and sticking with DSLRs (maybe a 7Dm2) for important or challenging situations, like my kid learning to walk or playing soccer. I can't myself going FF, as next gen sensors will probably be very good, at least for my amateurish needs.
My future kit, as I can think of right now: :)
- Sony RX-100 ii for everyday things
- DSLR for important moments -- 7Dm2, 17-55/2.8 and 70-200/4L is what I'm thinking of right now
- Borrowed Handycam when really good video matters (not often to me; not a video guy)

I would like to have a camera which allows me to go on holiday and take 5000 or 10000 photos without changing the battery.
I can't even imagine myself flagging 10,000 photos on LR after some holiday... :) To be honest, I'm currently taking 4 GB cards around instead of 16 or 32 GB because I've found myself taking so-so pics much too often (and I'm actually much too lazy to import and categorize zillions of pics). I'd rather have 20 great pics a day.

EOS Bodies / Re: Plenty of posts on the 7D, how about the 70d
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:02:00 PM »
I expect the 70D to be a re-heated 7D spec wise.
If so, I'm in. Same body, similar AF system with maybe a more sensitive central point, same 100% VF, but with a better sensor with good 3200 ISO... I guess people expect much more, but that would be just what I need.
The new 7D, if the rumors are correct, should be a terrific camera, albeit too expensive for a hobby shooter like myself.
US$ 1,600 body only for such a camera, maybe?

PowerShot Cameras / Re: SX500 replacement
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:14:39 PM »
(...) would like something a tad smaller that I can take with me when I'm out and about with work. (...)

Have you considered something even smaller like a Canon S100/S110? It will fit in a pocket, and I believe is a much better camera than the SX500/600 unless you need the 30x zoom. (I'm personally buying a S100 myself.)

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:04:04 PM »
My point, I suppose, is not to worry about what you don't have but to make the best of what you do.

That's a great way of thinking, thanks! :)
But now you got me curious... Can I see some of those photos?

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 08:52:59 PM »
Lots of expensive answers here...   :-[

Don't let these put you off... my first answer used rather simple combo and by no means they have to be L's! Any general purpose zoom plus one standard lens is a good deal for me. The second post with a listing was simply a joke to follow up on "analogies" post someone started.

The best lens is the one you have mounted and ready to go...not some pie-in-the-sky object that you have to fork out big bucks for.
Thanks, Ray2021!
You know, even though I wish there were a few Ls in my bag (will get there eventually), I still have a long way to go before it is my lenses, not myself, what is keeping me from taking better pics.
I appreciate your concern! :)

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:31:27 PM »
Lots of expensive answers here...   :-[
On my 60D, both the 50mm f/1.4 and the 17-55mm f/2.8. The 50 when I want something lighter, and the 17-55 when I need versatility. A Fuji X20 will most likely be my everyday camera, though, and the dSLR (a 7Dm2, perhaps?) will be reserved for more challenging or special occasions, or when I have planned a shot beforehand.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is this camera?
« on: March 02, 2013, 06:09:29 AM »
Enough with the camera... Who's the girl? :)

PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:22:26 PM »
The answer is: fast and accurate Autofocus, that is sensitive and do not hunt in bad light.
For a P&S, this will be the thing making or breaking the pictures.
It does make sense. Will pay more attention to that part of the reviews than I've been doing so far. Thanks!

But my (admittedly biased) view of wives in general, they value responsiveness, simplicity and end IQ.
Sounds like my wife, too, so now we have a little larger sample with less bias :)

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